When you think of a Grand Canyon tour from Las Vegas, you may envision a long bus ride to the park and back. You might stop at a handful of the most popular lookouts. If you’re lucky, you might receive a hurried lunch and some time at a gift shop. But what if you could get more out of your tour of the Grand Canyon and in less time? If you had the opportunity to see corners of this natural wonder seldom seen and still make it back in time for dinner, wouldn’t you jump at the chance?
Maverick Helicopters’ Canyon Dream is a tour unlike any other, combining a comfortable airplane flight to Grand Canyon National Park, an exhilarating helicopter flight over the canyon and plenty of ground time within the park. You and your family will be back at your Las Vegas hotel within seven hours. It is sure to be one of the highlights of your vacation. You’ll be a shoo-in for ‘Dad of the Year.’
The exceptional customer service you’ll receive from Maverick begins with our friendly and knowledgeable reservation agents and complimentary ground transportation aboard a plush shuttle bus from your Las Vegas hotel within 5 miles of the Strip to Maverick’s terminal at Henderson Executive Airport. From there, you and your family will depart aboard a 19-passenger Beechcraft 1900D. It’s an approximately 45-minute flight from Henderson to the Grand Canyon National Park Airport. Along the way, you’ll be afforded incredible views of Hoover Damn, Lake Mead and Grand Canyon’s West Rim.
Once on the ground, one of Maverick’s trolleys will take you into the park, where you’ll have an hour to take in the view from the scenic lookouts, visit the gift shop, stop into Bright Angel Lodge and enjoy lunch. There is plenty of time to take a few stunning family photos and even go for a short hike. You could pay a visit to the Hopi House, the historic Native American crafts market designed by architect Mary Jane Colter in 1904, and then enjoy some hot chocolate at El Tovar next door. The time spent within Grand Canyon Village is your own.
After your village respite, you’ll be trolleyed to Maverick Helicopters’ South Rim terminal for your helicopter tour of the Grand Canyon. Known as the Canyon Dancer, this approximately 25-minute flight offers unparalleled views of some of the park’s most iconic features as well as areas seldom seen by visitors. Your family will marvel at the up-close-and-personal views of Confucius Temple and Dragon Head, two prominent peaks along the canyon’s northern rim. Your kids might just peel their eyes away from their cellphones to see the Colorado River raging below.
While you are certainly encouraged to bring along your own camera, each of Maverick’s luxurious Airbus EC-130 helicopters is equipped with a video and audio recording device. High quality footage of your actual flight including pilot and passenger commentary is available for purchase immediately following your tour.
Finally, you’ll return to your airplane for the tranquil flight back to Las Vegas. The shuttle will have your family back to your hotel with more than enough time to prepare for your night out in Vegas. Forget the overcrowded bus! Make the most of your time exploring Grand Canyon National Park and go with Maverick by plane, trolley, helicopter and foot. Maverick’s Canyon Dream is practically three tours in one. Don’t forget to share your tour photos with us on Facebook!